Writing for publication in four disciplines: Insights into text and context
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Scholars globally are under increasing pressure to publish in international, highly-ranked, and usually English-language journals. This has created a need for insights into the evolving discourses, genres, and publication practices of disciplinary discourse communities. This thesis reports an exploration of textual and contextual facets of writing for publication in the academy. More specifically, the overarching aim was to investigate the relationship between discipline, and the rhetorical features, genres, languages and dissemination outlets used by scholars. The thesis comprises four qualitative studies, and employs a variety of methods to explore this relationship across four disciplines: anthropology, history, linguistics and pure mathematics. The results reveal some connections between epistemological characteristics of the disciplines investigated and scholars’ rhetorical choices. The structure of the research article in pure mathematics is shown to reflect the process of knowledge construction in the discipline, and patterns of self-mentions in anthropology and history articles are attributed to disciplinary methodology. Furthermore, insights into the relationship between discipline, and genre use, language selection, and access to publication outlets are obtained. The results reveal disciplinary differences in terms of scholars’ opportunities to publish in the local language and in English. Based on my findings, I argue that while discipline is a significant factor in understanding how scholars construct and disseminate their research-based writing, these practices are also subject to local, international and digital developments. As such, the relationship between discipline, genre, language and publication should be understood as dynamic.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of English, Stockholm University , 2015. , 77 p.
disciplinary discourse, EAP, ERPP, genre, writing for publication
Languages and Literature
Research subject English
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116674ISBN: 978-91-7649-126-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-116674DiVA: diva2:807174
2015-05-30, hörsal 9, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Engberg, Jan, Professor
Kuteeva, Maria, ProfessorMauranen, Anna, Professor
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: In press. Paper 3: Submitted. Paper 4: Submitted.2015-05-072015-04-222015-06-24Bibliographically approved
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